Downtown Albuquerque is in the midst of a major multimillion-dollar revitalization. Here you will find bustling nightlife along Central Avenue (former Route 66), including many nightclubs, theaters and restaurants. The Albuquerque Convention Center is located downtown and is close to several major hotels.
Distance from Airport: 5.2 miles/8.37 kilometers
Activities: Special collections library, shopping, dining, performing arts, art galleries, nightlife
Highlights: Largest business center in the state, historic landmark at the KiMo Theatre, Route 66 (Central Avenue)
When the railroad came to Albuquerque in 1880, the city expanded eastward toward the tracks, which were located on higher ground about a mile from Old Town. The arrival of the railroad brought commerce and activity to New Town, as it was then known. Today we call this area Downtown Albuquerque, and it remains a hub of activity. As in many other urban areas, Albuquerque’s downtown area declined as rapid development expanded the city’s borders. But Downtown is in the midst of an ongoing multimillion-dollar revitalization, and it is now home to bustling restaurants, trendy shops, art galleries and a lively entertainment district. Several of the area's older buildings have been converted into stylish lofts, eclectic lounges and venues for live music, all within easy walking distance of Downtown’s high-rise hotels.
The famous Route 66, now Central Avenue, is Downtown’s main artery. The Alvarado Transportation Center, at First and Central, is home to the city’s regional transportation system, linking Amtrak, a commuter rail, Greyhound bus service and local bus service. The Mission Revival-style Alvarado Transportation Center echoes the style of an old railroad hotel, the Alvarado, that once stood on the same site.
The Downtown Albuquerque Civic Plaza is home to many festive events. The Albuquerque Convention Center plays host not only to conventions, but to concerts, lectures and other public events as well. The famous Pueblo Deco-style KiMo Theatre offers a wide variety of entertainment. Be sure to check out the calendar of events to see what’s happening during your visit.
Downtown Albuquerque nightlife is almost as hot as the area’s green chile. Bar hop down Central Avenue, admire a performance at the Albuquerque Civic Plaza, or take in a concert or play at the historic and acclaimed KiMo Theatre.
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ABQ has an abundance of great restaurant options featuring our famous regional and traditional cuisine and more. Find places to eat and drink Downtown!
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